I liked the light color of the wood and investigated the best finish to keep it this way. My local hardware store suggested I use a teak oil finish.
Not exactly the finish I wanted but I was reminded of words spoken by Frank Lloyd Wright. He took a lady to the house he had built for her. As was his way he controlled everything about the house so when she saw the bright red door she told him she didn't like it. His words, "You'll get used to it" Well, as the days went by the dark look started to look better and better and now I am used to it and like it. I wonder if that lady got used to her red door?
My only complaint is that when they nailed on the Berkeley Forge emblem they didn't put it on straight. Really! This was a well made and probably quite expensive bench and they didn't take care about the last detail.